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Are you getting ready for a trip to Paris? Provence? Normandy? On this podcast we have conversations about France: we share trip reports, chat with tour guides, share tips on French culture, the basics of French history, explain how to be savvy traveler in France, and share our love of French food, wine and destinations in France. And because this show has been around for a while, we also had time to share language tips, every-day life in France, and tips for those who are considering moving to France. By listening to this show you will learn how to make great choices for your own trip to France no matter what part of France you plan to visit. We're also a great community for Francophiles who can't get enough of France and return year after year.

Are you getting ready for a trip to Paris? Provence? Normandy? On this podcast we have conversations about France: we share trip reports, chat with tour guides, share tips on French culture, the basics of French history, explain how to be savvy traveler in France, and share our love of French food, wine and destinations in France. And because this show has been around for a while, we also had time to share language tips, every-day life in France, and tips for those who are considering moving to France. By listening to this show you will learn how to make great choices for your own trip to France no matter what part of France you plan to visit. We're also a great community for Francophiles who can't get enough of France and return year after year.

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Are you getting ready for a trip to Paris? Provence? Normandy? On this podcast we have conversations about France: we share trip reports, chat with tour guides, share tips on French culture, the basics of French history, explain how to be savvy traveler in France, and share our love of French food, wine and destinations in France. And because this show has been around for a while, we also had time to share language tips, every-day life in France, and tips for those who are considering moving to France. By listening to this show you will learn how to make great choices for your own trip to France no matter what part of France you plan to visit. We're also a great community for Francophiles who can't get enough of France and return year after year.

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Episodes

Family Vacation in Provence and the French Alps, Episode 279

4/5/2020
Categories: Lyon Area, Provence Today’s episode is a trip report with Deepa Seonie about her family vacation in Provence and the French Alps. She came to France with her husband, daughter and son. Best Destinations in Provence and the French Alps We talk about Aix-en-Provence, Cassis, the Calanques, Nimes, Pont du Gard, the Haribo candy museum, Sault, Lavender fields, Notre Dame de Sénanques and lots more in Provence. They also went to Annecy, Chamonix, Yvoire, Mer de Glace (and how they...

Duration:00:54:53

Sheltering in Place in France, Episode 278

3/31/2020
On this episode of the podcast Annie talks to two Americans who reside in France: Patricia Perry who lives in Paris and Michael Groves who lives in Antibes. We discuss their experience with the mandatory home confinement that started in France on March 16, 2020. What is it like sheltering in place in France? Patricia talks about deserted Paris where she can hear the birds because the streets are deserted. She can go for a run, but she has to stay close to home and limit her time outside....

Duration:00:44:57

A visit to Limoux in Occitanie, Episode 277

3/29/2020
Limoux is a city of about 10,000 not far from Carcassonne. If you’re exploring the southwest of France, this is another great stop where you can enjoy genuine France and really get to know the French countryside. Limoux in Occitanie Limoux is in the Aude department and is part of the Occitanie Region. The Aude covers a large area west of Castelnaudary and all the way to the Mediterranean. Other cities in the Aude are Lézignan, Narbonne and Carcassonne. The landscape around Limoux is...

Duration:01:01:19

Having a Baby in France, Episode 276

3/22/2020
On today's episode of the podcast I talk with Shauna Dinsart about her recent experience of having a baby in France. Shauna shares how most things went better than her expectations, but she thinks France needs more awareness of post-partum depression. After the interview you'll also hear my update on how things are proceeding in France with the Covid-19 pandemic. For as much as I love to travel and I love to tell people about France, for me it boils down to this: would you rather be stuck...

Duration:01:06:50

President Macron on the French Covid-19 Plan, Episode 275

3/15/2020
What is France doing about the Covid-19 pandemic? The Covid-19 pandemic caught the world by surprise and put a big dent in everyone's travel plan. In this episode Annie summarizes the action plan outlined by French President Macron on March 13, 2020 #joinusinfrance #covid19 EmailFacebookInstagramPinterestTwitter Did you get my VoiceMap Paris tours yet? They are designed for people who want to see the best of Paris neighborhoods and put what they are looking at into historical context. There...

Duration:00:30:34

Tours Make a Vacation Better, Episode 274

3/8/2020
In today's episode of the podcast, Annie and Elyse wonder how tours make a vacation better. Won't you have a great time in Paris or anywhere in France even if you don't take a tour? To some extent, yes. But we know from experience that tours make it possible for you to make the most of every minute by taking you straight to the best stuff. Tours greatly enhance the visit because we all like to know what were're looking at, don't we? There is no doubt that if you don't take a tour, you'll...

Duration:00:48:02

Solo in Paris: Enjoy Paris on Your Own! Episode 273

3/1/2020
Going to Paris by yourself? It's one of the best ways to see the City of Light! What are some unforgettable experiences you can have while visiting Paris on your own? My guest on today's podcast has lots of great suggestions for you! Discussed in this Episode Email | Annie's VoiceMap Tours | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter #joinusinfrance #soloparis #travel

Duration:01:02:02

Where to Settle in France for a Month? Episode 272

2/23/2020
On today’s episode Annie answers a question someone asked on the Join Us in France Closed Group on Facebook that generated a lot of conversation. The question was: “Where would you settle in France for a month? My husband and I are planning on a month in September in France to "live like locals". We both can stay connected to work via computer and plan to have our mornings and afternoons free to roam the town/area. We like markets, museums, gardens and cafe life. We won't have a car. I'd...

Duration:00:31:17

An Assortment of French Movies, Episode 271

2/16/2020
Annie and Elyse love a great assortment of cookies, but they also love a great assortment of French movies, which is what we bring you on today's episode! One of our listeners asked a thought-provoking question: what French movies portrait France well? And while we were thinking about that, several people pipped in with the name of their favorite French movies. The thing is, a French person's idea of a great French movie is not the same as what English speakers consider good French movies....

Duration:01:18:44

6 Days in the Dordogne and Aveyron, Episode 270

2/9/2020
Scott and his fiancé Grant spent 6 wonderful days in the Dordogne and Aveyron, two neighboring areas in Occitanie in the southwest of France. And since that's home for me, it's a pleasure to report that they had a great time! Best Places in the Dordogne and Aveyron They visited Sarlat, La Roque Gageac, Beynac, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Belcastel, Najac, Toulouse and Carcassone so those were busy days and well planned-out days. They have great accommodations and restaurant recommendations...

Duration:00:52:42

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in France, Episode 269

2/2/2020
Annie and Elyse discuss UNESCO World Heritage sites in France, that they are and why it matters. France has 44 sites inscribed on the list and several more are in the process of applying. Some UNESCO Word Heritage sites in France are man-made and others are natural sites. The fortified city of Carcassonne is one of the man-made sites while the Gulf of Porto in Corsica is a natural site. Some UNESCO sites are very well defined (Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris) others are harder to describe...

Duration:00:59:33

Honeymoon in Provence, Episode 268

1/26/2020
On today’s episode Annie Sargent brings you a conversation with Denise Tham from Canada about her 10-day honeymoon in Provence. The newlyweds stayed in Avignon, visited Arles, the Pont du Gard, Uzès, drove around the the Petit Lubéron (where they found a lovely bed & breakfast listed below), and ended in Marseille. How to Plan Your Honeymoon in Provence Listening to this episode will make your own honeymoon planning much easier because Denise did the hard work: she found great...

Duration:00:57:17

Fall in Love with Corsica, Episode 267

1/19/2020
In this episode of the podcast, Annie and her guest Michael Grove give you many reasons to fall in love with Corsica. Specifically upper Corsica or Haute-Corse. Michael spent a whole month exploring Corsica and wrote about it on his travel blog. He shares his favorite places, hidden gems that took his breath away, details about the food you'll find in Corsica and more. Hotels Michael Used on this Trip Bastia—Hotel Napoleon, 43 Boulevard Paoli Rogliano—Hotel U Sant Agnellu (perched...

Duration:00:54:14

3 Common Mistakes Tourists Make in Paris, Episode 266

1/12/2020
We all make mistakes sometimes. But when your vacation time is precious, it's best to learn how to avoid them! In this episode I am not talking about tourists who are totally clueless and unprepared. My podcast guests are typically well informed about France! And yet they still find themselves making the same mistakes. So, this episode is all about helping you make small changes in mindset that will help you be better prepared for your trip to Paris. What Are the 3 Common Mistakes...

Duration:00:25:02

Paris with Preschool Children, Episode 265

1/7/2020
Today’s episode is a trip report with Michelle Donnell Adzhemyan on a trip to Paris she took late August 2019 with her husband and two preschool children. Paris with Preschool Children: Good Idea? You may have wondered if taking your 4.5yo and 2.5yo to Paris is a good idea, and it probably wouldn't be for every family. But sometimes it works out great as you'll hear from Michelle on today's episode! Since Annie lived in the US when her only daughter was born, she made the long trip home...

Duration:01:00:46

Planning a Group Trip to Paris, Episode 264

12/29/2019
On today’s episode Mary White tells me about her trip to France with 10 friends and relatives including a child, a teen, adults, in all this was a big group of family and friends. Now, when you have a big group like that everything gets more complicated, but Mary planned it really well and they had a great time. Ready to hear her secrets? Click play! Le Petit Belloy Discussed in this Episode #joinusinfrance #podcast #parisgroup #pariswithfamily #parisfamilytravel #grouptravelplanning

Duration:01:06:13

Christmas Markets of Northern France and Belgium, Episode 263

12/22/2019
On this episode of the podcast, Annie talks to Amanda Brikerhoff about her visit to Christmas markets of Northern France and Belgium. On previous trips Amanda had also visited Christmas Markets in Germany and Austria, so Amanda compares the experience. They spend one week split between Northern France and Belgium. They landed in Paris and picked up a car at CDG (make sure you reserve before you arrive or you'll be stunned at the prices!) Then they drove around starting with a short stop in...

Duration:00:54:41

Collioure and the Côte Vermeille, Episode 262

12/15/2019
Today's episode is all about Collioure and the Côte Vermeille which is the last stretch of coastline between France and Spain on the Mediterranean side of the Pyrenees. Locals call that part of the Pyrenees the Albère. This part of France (pretty close to the city of Perpignan) is part of Catalonia and local people speak Catalan as well as French today. Like all regions of France, the area enjoys strong local culture, it's a great place to enjoy beautiful views, good weather (all be it...

Duration:01:06:55

Women World Cup Trip Report, Episode 261

12/8/2019
Thinking about visiting France to attend a major sports event? Listen to this Women World Cup Trip Report so you know what you can expect! This is a family that travels A LOT and loves to attend sports events all over the world. They compare sports events in France to what they've seen in other countries and explain how you can be prepared. Women's sports are huge in America (probably because of Title 9) and are still behind in many other countries. We talk about the impact of having the...

Duration:00:48:15

How to Deal with Strikes in France, Episode 260

12/6/2019
This is a Join Us in France Short episode. Bonjour, I’m Annie Sargent. Strikes happen all the time in France. But you're not helpless! Here are 8 steps you need to take so your trip to France goes off without a hitch no matter who's threatening to strike next! #joinusinfrance #strikesinfrance #strikesinparis #yellowvest Email | VoiceMap | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

Duration:00:05:04